Belgian waffles win a Vendy Award in New York

Belgian waffles continue to get international recognition. This time, the Belgian waffle vendor Thomas De Geest won the year 2009 Vendy Award in the desserts category last Saturday at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York, USA.

belgian waffles famous dessert from belgiumThe Vendy Awards are well known as one of New York City’s most popular food events. The Vendy’s format is an intense cook-off contest between the best sidewalk chefs of the best New York City food makers.

The 37-year-old Belgian Thomas De Geest used to work as consultant for IBM and two years ago he started selling Belgian waffles in the streets of New York.

Thomas offers Belgian waffles with all types of dinges and toppings; he sells Belgian waffles warm and cold, sweet and savory for any taste.

The Belgian chef’s ‘Wafels & Dinges’ yellow waffle stall is a van cum mobile home from which he sells his Belgian waffles at 14 different places in New York.


American waffles fans love his approach, the Belgian says. Every New Yorker wants to know the difference of the waffle spelling and they want to know what dinges actually means.

Food street vendors like the Belgian waffles vendor are very popular in New York. The sidewalks of Manhattan from Greenwich Village to uptown Columbia University and everywhere in-between are occupied by around 3000 Manhattan’s licensed street vendors selling all kinds of food. This year, the Belgian waffles won a recognition of the Big Apple’s demanding food lovers.